10 TIPS TO COMMUNICATING WITH DEMENTIA PATIENTS

Victoria Ai Linh - Frankly Speaking

  1. ESTABLISH A POSITIVE MOOD FOR COMMUNICATION
    1. Use your body language
    2. Look into their eyes
    3. Show gentleness and be respectful
    4. Speak slowly and enunciate your words
    5. Touch gently
  2. GET THEIR ATTENTION
    1. Remove distraction
    2. Turn down TV, radio, or find a quiet area
    3. Maintain eye contact by getting down to their level
    4. Use gentle touch to get their attention
    5. Address them by name and identify yourself
  3. STATE YOUR MESSAGE CLEARLY
    1. Keep sentences short and concise
    2. Enunciate your words.
    3. Keep your voice calm and low.
    4. Do not raise your voice.
    5. If it’s an instruction, have them repeat it.
    6. If they still do not understand, rephrase the question or statement.
    7. Use people and places as examples versus verbs or adjectives.
  4. KEEP THE QUESTION SIMPLE
    1. Use props such as articles of clothing or pointing.
    2. Ask yes or no questions.
    3. Avoid open-ended questions.
  5. LISTEN ATTENTIVELY WITH YOUR EYES, EARS AND HEART.
    1. Be patient
    2. Wait for the…

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